Ryan Searle

Ryan Searle

Ryan Searle pitching in 2013
Tiburones de La Guaira – No. 35
Born: (1989-06-22) 22 June 1989
Brisbane, Australia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MiLB statistics
Win-Loss Record 36-36
ERA 3.95
Innings 530 1/3
Strikeouts 412
ABL statistics
Win-Loss Record 17-17
ERA 3.29
Innings 271
Strikeouts 272
Saves 22
Career highlights and awards

Ryan Searle (born 22 June 1989, Brisbane, Australia) is an Australian professional baseball pitcher[1] for the Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. Searle is a regular on the Australia national baseball team, the "Southern Thunder". He has been both a starter and a relief pitcher throughout his career which reached its highest level at AAA Iowa Cubs in 2012. Most notably recently, Searle broke the saves (17) and ERA (0.40) record in the newly formed ABL while pitching as the closer for the eventual 2015/2016 ABL Champion Brisbane Bandits.

Early life

Born in Brisbane Australia he started playing baseball at the age of 5. Continuing to play throughout his schooling years, he graduated from Northpine Christian College at the end of 2006 while playing for the Narangba Demons baseball team.[2]

Professional career

Chicago Cubs

He was signed to a professional baseball contract at the age of 17 with the Chicago Cubs in 2007.[3]

2007 Ryan spent the first three months of his pro career in spring training and extended spring in Mesa Arizona, then going back to the Australian Academy on the Gold Coast in Australia.

In 2008 Ryan went to spring training and extended spring to return to the Australian Academy (MLBAAP) again, there he led the Starting pitchers in ERA, WHIP, Strike outs, Wins and innings pitched. Searle then returned to Mesa, Arizona after the MLBAAP to pitch two games before being promoted to the Boise Hawks an "A" ball affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Where he was 2–2 with a 1.05 ERA in 35+ innings. Holding batters to a minuscule .171 against.

2009 For the Chicago Cubs he pitched the entire season with the Daytona Cubs, and was selected as a 2009 Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star at the young age of 19. After a hot start he had a slow second half and his lack of experience started to show.

In 2010 Searle started in the FSL but was soon after demoted to Single A Peoria Chiefs, he was 7–8 with a 4.38 ERA fanning 101 in 124.2 Innings.

2011 Searle started out the 2011 season with the Daytona Cubs Bullpen. After posting a 1.59 ERA in 16 games, he was promoted to the Cubs AA Affiliate Tennessee Smokies. For the Smokies, Searle had a 5–3 record with a 3.51 ERA in 23 games with 66 strikeouts. Finishing with a combined 3.03 ERA which lead all Chicago Cubs qualified pitchers.

2012 Searle again spent time in the FSL at the Daytona Cubs, but also split time between the AA Tennessee Smokies and also reaching his career high AAA mark for the first time when he was promoted to the Iowa Cubs. He recorded his first and only AAA win on the 19th August. Finishing the season with career best mark of 8 wins 5 losses and a 3.87 ERA over 90+ innings.

2013 Was an injury plagued season for Searle, missing almost 4 months after a forearm sprain. He recovered and went on to make rehabilitation games in the AZL before being sent to the Daytona Cubs in the Florida State League to finish out the season. There, alongside Cubs 1st round draft pick Kris Bryant; Searle and CJ Edwards combined for two 2 hit shutouts in the Semi Final clinching game against Dunedin Blue Jays and then in the Championship clinching game against the Port Charlotte Stone Crabs where they were crowned the FSL champions for the 2nd time in 3 years.[4]

In the off season of 2013, Searle was offered a free agent contract to sign back with the Chicago Cubs for the 2014 season.

In May 2014, Searle was released from the Cubs organisation following a poor 6.63 ERA season in 19 innings at Double-A class affiliate Tennessee Smokies.[5]

Grand Prairie AirHogs

Searle signed with the Grand Prairie AirHogs following his release from the Cubs and went 5-9 with a 4.39 ERA.

Ishikawa Million Stars

On 11 March 2015, Searle signed with the Ishikawa Million Stars in the Japanese Baseball Challenge League league. His manager was the age defying player coach, Julio Franco.[6] He was the league's strikeout leader with 113 in 135 innings pitched ending his time with the team with an 8-7 record and a 1.99 ERA.

Lamigo Monkeys

Following the end of the 2015-2016 Australian Baseball League he signed with the Lamigo Monkeys in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.[7] Despite early success [8] Searle, after sustaining a bad knee injury he never regained form and was released from the team on June 10. After a series of switches between starting and relief roles to become the 3rd foreign player released by the team that year.[9]

Unipol Bologna

In June 2016, it was announced that Searle would be replacing outgoing Scott Patterson on the Unipol Bologna team playing in the Italian Baseball League.[10] Searle went on to pitch 33 2/3 innings with a 0.53 ERA over the course of the regular season and playoffs, leading his new team to the Italian Baseball League championship.[11]

Winter League

Brisbane Bandits

In 2010 the newly formed Australian Baseball League kick started its campaign to win over the Australian public. Searle was named to the Brisbane Bandits inaugural roster under head coach MLB All-Star Dave Nilsson. Searle has played an important role for the Brisbane Bandits, pitching in all 6 seasons to date. Leading the team in all time pitching statistical categories such as innings, strike outs, wins.

In the 2015/2016 season, Searle had the most successful campaign of any ABL pitcher to date. Searle led the Bandits to the Claxton Shield, breaking several records along the way. He compiled a career best 5-2 win/loss ratio with an ABL saves record of 17 and ERA record of 0.40 winning the MVP honors for the Brisbane Bandits.[12][13]

Tiburones de La Guira

After the conclusion of his successul finish to his 2016 summer campaign, Searle was offered a contract to play in the Venezuelan Proffesional Baseball League for the Tiburones de La Guira under manager World Series winning manager Ozzie Guillen.[14]

Australian National Team

Ryan was first named to the WBC provisional roster in 2009.

In 2011 His efforts were rewarded with selection in the Australian national baseball team for the 2011 Baseball World Cup where he got his first start against Nicaragua, throwing five innings for one earned run and being the pitcher of record in a 4–3 win. In his second start, Searle dominated Canada with an impressive 7 1/3 innings of work for only 3 hits in a 7–0 win for Australia, bringing his record in the cup to 2–0 with a 0.74 ERA.[15]

In 2013 Searle was named to the WBC roster making only 1 start in an eventual loss to Korea. Searle gave up 3 runs in 3 innings.

In 2014 Searle was brought back from Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs to play in an Exhibition game as a precursor to the MLB Opening Series in Sydney. Searle was tabbed as the game 1 starter against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Searle pitched 3 innings only giving up 1 hit 0 runs while striking out 5. Australia went on to lose the game after a Yasiel Puig home run. Australia then won the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks where fellow Australian Ryan Rowland-Smith was playing.[16]

In 2016 Ryan was again named to the WBC roster for the Qualifying event based in Sydney. Australia were the eventual winners of the tournament, securing their place in the 2017 WBC. Searle was used as the Closer for team Australia during this tournament.[17]

Searle has also been named to several of the ABL All-Star sides, representing team Australia. Searle has started the All-Star game but most recently got the Win in a walk off thriller against the World All-Stars after pitching a scoreless 9th inning.

Awards and highlights


  1. "Ryan Searle" – statistics
  2. Holley, Steve. "Ryan Searle Interview". Accessed 23 August 2008.
  3. Muskat, Carrie. "Minors report: Wilson spanning globe". Accessed 23 August 2008.
  4. http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130909&content_id=60075196&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l123
  5. Todd, Jeff (8 May 2014). "Minor Moves: Raul Valdes, Nik Turley, Ryan Searle". MLB Trade Rumours. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. "新入団選手のお知らせ (New Player Announcement)" (in Japanese). Ishikawa Million Stars. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  7. "Record man Ryan Searle picks up new contract in Taiwan". The Morning Bulletin. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  8. Kingsley Collins (22 April 2016). "Lamigo fans go bananas over Searly". Australian Baseball Alumni. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  9. DuBreuil, Brandon (10 June 2016). "Lamigo Monkeys Release Ryan Searle". CPBL English. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  10. "Ryan Searle replaces Scott Patterson with Unipol Bologna". Mister Baseball. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  11. "ITALIAN SERIES: UNIPOL BOLOGNA WINS SCUDETTO WITH RAINY GAME 6 WIN". Mosae Sports. 22 August 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  12. "Record man Ryan Searle picks up new contract in Taiwan". The Daily Mercury. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  13. "Pitcher Ryan Searle the star for surging Brisbane Bandits". News.com.au. 25 December 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  14. "RYAN SEARLE, DESDE AUSTRALIA A VENEZUELA". LVBP.com. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  15. http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/ryan-searle-plays-starring-role-as-australia-beats-canada-7-0-at-baseball-world-cup/story-e6frep5o-1226165132968
  16. "Searle's impressive outing | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  17. "Las Grandes Ligas: Multimedia: 2017 World Baseball Classic | RSA@AUS: Searle fans the side in the 9th for 4-1 win - Video". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2016-10-18.

External links

Australia roster - 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualification
Players Coaches



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